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Breastfeeding Basics

Nutrition Tips for Breastfeeding Moms

It goes without saying: A healthy, well-fed mom produces better milk. Follow these simple tips from Eileen Behan, R.D., author of Eat Well, Lose Weight While Breastfeeding (Villard), to nourish yourself while nourishing your little one.

• Eat like your baby. Stave off hunger pangs by eating a small meal or snack every two to three hours throughout the day. Don't let yourself get ravenous, or you'll be more likely to overindulge or reach for unhealthy foods.

Face Off: Does Breast Milk Make Babies Smarter?

YES says Betty Vohr, M.D., professor of pediatrics at Brown University and director of the neo-natal follow-up clinic at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island in Providence.

Almost Perfect

Just like most first-time mothers-to-be, I had a lot of concerns—OK, neuroses—about caring for a newborn. After all, what did I know about changing a diaper (something I hadn't done since babysitting in my teens), let alone cleaning an umbilical cord stump or, most terrifying of all, a fresh circumcision (oy vey)? But I was fairly confident I could master the whole breastfeeding gig.

Breastfeeding Eases Childhood Stress

Breastfed babies may be better equipped to deal with stress later in life than bottle-fed ones. Researchers studied children who were between 5 and 10 years old when their parents separated or divorced and found that those who'd been breastfed were only half as likely to be highly anxious as those who'd been bottle-fed. Breastfeeding may build resilience against stress by encouraging bonding between mom and baby and aiding the development of neural and hormonal pathways that control the stress response, says Scott M.

Milk and Coffee


Most experts recommend caffeine in moderation--that is, one to two cups of coffee daily--while breastfeeding. Since the servings you're having are not the "grande" size, you and your baby should be just fine. (This is one aspect of breastfeeding where cup size does matter!)

Your Ultimate Guide To Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding has leapt into the lime light lately, along with a big dose of controversy, thanks to a recent U.S. government campaign that treated the issue as a major public-health concern. "You wouldn't take risks before your baby's born. Why start after?" read advertisements put out by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

7 Ways to Overcome the Cultural Barriers to Breastfeeding

While the number of new mothers who are breastfeeding is increasing,  cultural and other influences conspire to keep many of them from doing so. Don't let that happen to you. Here are tips to help you overcome some of the common hurdles.

Mom's Milk Protects Against Alcoholism

Early weaning may lead to alcohol abuse later in life, especially in boys, according to a Danish study of people born between 1959 and 1961. Of the study's 6,562 subjects, 138 were hospitalized for alcoholism, including twice as many men as women. Those who'd been breastfed for less than one month were nearly one and a half times more likely to have alcohol-related problems as those who nursed longer. The researchers suspect mother's milk contains nutrients that fuel brain development and protect against low intelligence and other deficits which might foreshadow alcohol dependence.

How Breastfed Babies Measure Up

The new World Health Organization (WHO) growth charts reflect data on children fed only breast milk and water for their first 4 to 6 months. If this sounds like your baby, check out the abbreviated chart below for median weight guidelines (in pounds) derived from the WHO data.

Obesity News: Can Breastfeeding Really Spare Your Child from Weight Problems?

Does breastfeeding reduce your child's risk of obesity? The debate continues, but a new study gives us some more insight.